The Boke of Keruynge
(Book of Carving)
Wynken de Worde [+–]
Wynkyn de Worde was born in Alsace and came to England in 1476. He was a printer and publisher in London known for his work with William Caxton, and is recognized as the first to popularize the products of the printing press in England. He died in 1534.
Peter Brears [+–]
Historic house consultant and food historian
Peter Brears was born and educated in Yorkshire. He was Keeper of Folk Life for Hampshire County Museums and Director of York Castle and Leeds City Museums for 20 years. His books include All the King’s Cooks (1999) and The Compleat Housekeeper (2000).
This is a handbook or manual for well-born boys in Tudor times who had to learn how to behave at court. They were often sent to court or to a great house at an early age to be instructed, as was the experience of Sir Thomas More. The book provides instruction in arranging feasts and grand dinners, rituals of table-laying, the preparation, saucing and carving of meats and fish and servant’s duties. This was the equivalent of a ‘public school education’ and a boy needed to know that clergy were to be served before noble lords or how to lace a doublet after first warming the lord’s linen underpants before a fire.